The Best Episodes of The Twelve Kingdoms
Last Updated: May 31, 2019
Nakajima Youko is your average somewhat timid high school student. One day, a strange man named Keiki appears before her, swearing allegiance. Before she could properly register what was happening, demon-like creatures attack Youko and her friends, after which they are pulled into a different world. A world unlike what she has ever known. Separated from Keiki, Youko and her friends must do whatever they can if they wish to survive in this new world.
#1 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Final Chapter
Season 1 - Episode 39
Queen Kei, having learned much about her world, her kingdom, and most of all her people, takes her rightful place, on the throne and in control. Her first order is to rescind the rule of prostration except on official or formal occasions.
#2 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Twelve
Season 1 - Episode 35
Suzu and Shoukei finally connect and find they have the same objectives. Still in disguise and seeking Enho, who has been abducted by Shoukou, Youko meets the two young women and the resistance at an inn.
#3 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Fourteen
Season 1 - Episode 37
Shoukou surrenders to the queen. Asano tries to redeem himself by delivering a message to Shoukei's rebels, but they are already on the way. Youko, Suzu and Shoukei finally all meet.
#4 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Ten
Season 1 - Episode 33
Suzu joins the resistance against Shoukou. Shoukei is unknowingly saved by Youko when she nearly gives herself away. Shoukou tasks Asano with finding Youko, since he knows what she looks like.
#5 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Thirteen
Season 1 - Episode 36
The fighting begins, with the resistance proving itself tactically brilliant. Shoukou finds himself under siege and in considerable danger.
#6 - Ally of the Moon
Season 1 - Episode 40
Queen Kei sends a wise messenger to Gekkei, who has been ruling Hou after killing its king but refusing to take the title. Kei and Rakushun follow King En to Mt Shou, where he goes on a mysterious pilgrimage every year.
#7 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Fifteen
Season 1 - Episode 38
Youko reveals her identity to Suzu and Shoukei, and their developing friendship is confirmed. The Imperial Army arrives - to Youko's alarm, as only she is supposed to be able to mobilise it. They realise there is a traitor in the court.
#8 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Eight
Season 1 - Episode 30
Shoukei bribes her way free and she and Rakushun set off to find Youko. Suza, Asano and young orphan Seishuu arrive in Kei and Suzu unknowingly meets Youko under tragic circumstances.
#9 - Sea God of the East, Azure Sea of the West - Final Chapter
Season 1 - Episode 44
Atsuyu reveals his true nature to the court and in the face of condemnation admits defeat, but fails even then to be honest. King En promises a land of green meadows and fruitfulness to all his subjects.
#10 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Seven
Season 1 - Episode 29
Wise old Enho teaches Youko about the basics of ruling the kingdom. Shoukei is caught and imprisoned for stealing from Queen Kyou. Asano proves himself less than perfectly sane.
#11 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Five
Season 1 - Episode 27
Shoukei is forced to work as a slave in Kyou. Suzu sets out for Kei, meeting up with the performing group that took in Youko when she first arrived, and meets Asano, who appears to have suffered some sort of dangerous mental breakdown.
#12 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Six
Season 1 - Episode 28
As Youko travels through Kei, learning the realities of the kingdom, Shoukei escapes Kyou, intent on taking the Queen of Kei's place and regaining her own kingdom. Asano sneaks onto the ship carrying Suzu to Kei.
#13 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Eleven
Season 1 - Episode 34
Asano leads Shouko to where Youko has been staying, with disastrous results. Meanwhile Suzu unwittingly instructs Youko, causing her to rethink her actions and determine to do better in future.
#14 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Three
Season 1 - Episode 25
Suzu dreams of Youko welcoming her as a sister. Shoukei's status is discovered and her life threatened - as is Youko's when one of her officials apparently betrays her.
#15 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Reminiscence Chapter
Season 1 - Episode 31
Rakushun explains how the world of the 12 kingdoms works to Shoukei, which starts to change her whole attitude. Asano is tempted to join the mysterious and ruthless Shoukou.
#16 - Sea of the Wind, Shore of the Labyrinth - Chapter Five
Season 1 - Episode 19
Taiki tames his first demon - one of the most dangerous in the 12 kingdoms - and chooses the king of Tai, but not in accordance to the will of the heavens.
#17 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Four
Season 1 - Episode 26
Suzu escapes to Sai, and is made welcome. For her own protection, Shoukei is exiled to Kyou. Youko takes control - but her decisions may not be the best or wisest.
#18 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Nine
Season 1 - Episode 32
Believing Youko to be responsible for the death of Seishuu, Suzu arms herself and determines to face her. Shoukei heads for Wa Province, not knowing the offer of work and a place to stay for refugees is from the evil Shoukou.
#19 - Shadow of the Moon, Sea of the Shadow - Final Chapter
Season 1 - Episode 13
King Kou defeats himself: King En and Youko rout the false queen of Kei and Youko, reluctantly, agrees to take her rightful place. Keiki restores Yuka to Japan, where she finds a strange boy whose art looks like a map of the 12 kingdoms.
#20 - Shadow of the Moon, Sea of the Shadow - Chapter Eleven
Season 1 - Episode 11
En's minister explains to Youko and Rakushun Enki's story, and how he came to choose the King of En.
#21 - Sea of the Wind, Shore of the Labyrinth - Chapter Three
Season 1 - Episode 17
Keiki and Taiki meet at Lady Gyokuyou's suggestion, and although their first meeting does not go well, they soon become friends and learn from each other.
#22 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter One
Season 1 - Episode 23
The kaikyaku Suzu has lived as a slave to the harsh Lady Riyou for 100 years. After her father, the cruel King of Hou, is executed, Shoukei loses her immortality and is cast out. Youko prepares for her coronation.
#23 - Sea of the Wind, Shore of the Labyrinth - Final Chapter
Season 1 - Episode 20
Keiki, Enki and King En conspire to prove Taiki correct, causing great relief. In the present, in Japan, Yuka is convinced the strange young man belongs in the 12 kingdoms.
#24 - Sea God of the East, Azure Sea of the West - Chapter Three
Season 1 - Episode 43
Trying to escape, Enji finds Atsuyu's father imprisoned and starving - though unable to die as he's an immortal sen-nin - by his own usurping son, and realises that his trust in Atsuyu is misplaced.
#25 - Shadow of the Moon, Sea of the Shadow - Chapter Twelve
Season 1 - Episode 12
Finding out about the last queen of Kei, Youko doubts her own ability to rule wisely. Yuka finally finds out how King Kou has used and betrayed her, and stops fighting against Youko.